Halloween Health Hazards

While fake blood and creepy costumes help make Halloween a howl, this October 31, beware of the hidden hazards that can turn the night downright dangerous. SRxA’s Word on Health shares these top tips from top docs, to keep you safe.

While there’s few things that says Halloween like a Jack-O’-Lantern, the American Academy of Pediatrics caution that pumpkin carving is no craft for children. Instead, they suggest that young kids limit themselves to drawing designs that adults can cut out. And rather than using candles to light your lantern, they suggest you consider glow sticks to get that long-lasting luminosity.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology, warns that if you want to see another Halloween you shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the increasingly popular crazy colored contact lenses on sale in party stores.  Although cat-like contacts may look cool, these over-the-counter lenses aren’t worth the risk. They can cause serious eye disorders and infections that could result in blindness.

And it’s not just contact lenses. Other parts of your Halloween costume can also be hazardous to your health. Over-sized costumes can quickly turn trick-or-treating into trip-and-tumbling.  And to avoid having to drop and roll, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends you only wear costumes made from flame-resistant fabrics.

Similarly, choose your mask carefully. Whether you chose “The Scream, Frankenstein, or Romney, make sure so you can see what’s coming. Some masks limit peripheral vision, so much so that you may end up being the thing that goes bump in the night.  But before you decide to skip the mask in favor of  makeup, don’t forget this has its own hazards too.  Sure, well-applied makeup can transform seven the most perfect skin into ghoulish festering  wounds, warts and scars, but it can also leave a rash that lingers into November. The FDA suggests testing the makeup on a small patch of skin a couple of days before using it on your face. And check out the agency’s list of approved makeup additives. If the makeup contains unapproved ingredients, toss it.

Finally don’t get tricked by your treats! The FDA recommends that children have their Halloween loot  inspected by an adult who can remove risky treats and anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. If you’re not sure what it is – get rid of it.

Whatever you do, please stay safe out there this Halloween.

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